Apostasy? Hebrews 6:1-6


#1

I know that Final impenitence is not forgivable. I just have a question that states this
Hebrews 6:1-6 reads like this:

"1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.

"4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, 6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace."
Is this Apostasy another unforgivable sin or just a sin in which we only do when we are outside of the faith?
Thank you
God Bless you!


#2

Apostasy is NOT an unforgivable sin. Apart from final impenitence ALL sins can be forgiven. God’s mercy is greater than all sins.


#3

The Haydock Commentary by the English Fr. George Leo Haydock considers that the expression "impossible" is not meant literally here, but rather it would stand for a thing being very hard to achieve, as nothing is impossible to God, and there is a similar situation with Scripture passages such as Matt. 19:26 and Luke 17:1. Also an alternative interpretation for the verse is proposed, that "being renewed to penance" means a person can receive the renewal of the Sacrament of Baptism, where the Holy Spirit operates, only one time and no more.

But then we must take the word impossible, to imply no more than a thing that is very hard to be done, or that seldom happens, as when it is said, (Matt. xix. 26.) that it is impossible for rich men to be saved: and (Luke xvii. 1.) it is impossible that scandals should not come. For it is certain that it is never impossible for the greatest sinners to repent by the assistance which God offers them, who has also left the power to his ministers to forgive in his name the greatest sins. But others (whose interpretation seems preferable) expound this of baptism, which can only be given once.


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